WASHINGTON — President Reagan's spokesman today complained that Reagan "is really being maligned" by criticism that he is out of touch and does not have a solid grip on the presidency.
"I think the President will demonstrate adequately that he's in command and full charge," presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said.
"He is an active, working President who's into the details, who's asking questions about what's going on and it's unfortunate that you haven't had a chance to see all of that--but you will," Fitzwater said.
Fitzwater delivered a strong rejoinder to suggestions in recent weeks--amplified by members of the Tower Commission and their report--that Reagan, at 76, is suffering from memory lapses and signs of old age.
"The President, I think, is really maligned in this area," Fitzwater said. Citing a litany of Administration accomplishments over the last few years, he asserted, "To suggest that suddenly, overnight, he's not able to handle these responsibilities is irresponsible."